Sunday, 24 September 2017

Crazy.....

What's a girl to do when they forecast record heat for Sept and strong winds..........
head to the middle of no where and enjoy the day at picnic races..............
38 deg (over 100) and dust blowing everywhere.............
lost all my money but we we had fun..........
Did you do something dumb and crazy yesterday in the heat????
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playing with Lucy2.......i've been talking about her for some time now.......around I love making the feature blocks of Lucy Bostons quilt Patchwork of the Crosses but I don't think I love it that much to make a full on second quilt..........but I am working on my own quicker idea...........
today I was trying to nut out my idea I have in my head..........
the blocks on the right and top are not the correct size backgrounds...........I was hoping to use a 10in layer cake that I had but they are not big enough........also testing out a couple of sizes on the crosses.......the bigger ones are winning......and all will be fussy cut.......
not sure if I want a plainer background or even another colour but this one was a bigger piece to try the idea on.......
and looking at this photo the stripey background second one down on the left will not be staying in there.......I wasn't keen on it but used it now playing as it was the right colour.............
What do you think of Lucy2???
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.....

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lucy love.....

Yes more Lucy...............no time to sew at home but in the car travelling or waiting for appointments etc...........
the green is looking a little weird in the photo..........not sure why.......

The block below is the other option shown above...........but after a few texts to friends one husband replied finally and the block below was the chosen one............I liked both and could not decide.........



Here they all are together..........
the ones i've got done recently.............
back to more gluing..........
It amazes me when you see them together what the feature is.........
+ or X cross.....
love my new mug........great size too.........
just perfect for me.............
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have a good weekend.......it's going to be 38 and windy here on the weekend......what a shock to the body that will be........... 
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Lucy2 and flowers again......

Let's be clear first up these flowers are NOT in my garden.........with just about no water my garden is looking very dead and I have lost lots of plants this year........ It makes me so sad but it just won't rain.......
These are in gorgeous parks in the garden city.......I'll post some more from the good camera in a few days but these are just from my phone......
The angry sky was in my travels..... Even got some hail for a bit of that patch of travel.......
Another Lucy done and some more prep also...... Once again these are probably Lucy 2 of which I got the backgrounds so that will hopeful make some progress soon...... 
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Lucy and flowers......

nothing much to say other then 10 hrs in a car as passenger you can get a fair bit of sewing done.......so once I had the cream on the other block in my last post I started sewing some new blocks............
I think it takes about 3 hours to sew this together..............anyone else timed how long this takes to sew together........just the sewing............have not included the cutting and gluing..............
some flowers along the way...........
this one looks prettier then in this photo........
these are all from Shiralee Stitches..........the ones I prepped last month........
these will be in Lucy2

this one now just needs it's next set of red pairs added on.............
Could have nearly got it finished but fingers were getting sore from stitching and after 4.5hrs with a 10 min break I had had enough.....
my tally for Lucy is over 50 blocks now............
never to late to start a Lucy.........
Are you doing Lucy????
How are you going with your blocks and quilt????
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lucy play time.....


Whiling away travel time as a passenger I had to wait for the sun to come up... But once it did I got the already prepared cream units attached to the edge of the block.......
Then I started another Lucy block....makes a long trip go heaps faster........
Catch you later...... 
Chookyblue.....

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Blocks.....

on the weekend I was playing with some blocks.............
I made these below.........
Friendship block it is called...........quite appropriate since this is for a weekend of fun and friendship next year..........
12.5inch blocks "white and bright"
or "creamy classic"
it was fun to just play with these blocks.......not think about anything more then one 12.5in block..........I'm going to make a churn dash in  "creamy classic" and I found one called London Road which I am going to make in "white and bright" colourway.............
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Paradise.....

There are no words for today...........
There is a line of black cows out in the middle the neighbours had just fed..........
see the circle clouds in the middle of the pic........interesting............
these clouds came and went with no rain........just wind.......
driving home..........dust picking up in front of me.........
We were moving 50tonne field bins............
I opened about 20 sets of double gates..........shitty non swinging gates...........
we couldn't go over these ramps.........

this is the dam we got dug out a few years ago............well worth the money as this would be empty by now............
dust everywhere............
this dam is buggered now......thats the ground you can see in the centre.........

the sun is down low and the wind has picked up even more and I can look directly at the sun and see it's orange glow the dust is so thick..........
I stuck another video up on youtube.......actually two........the one below and another one of the dust picking up down low...........
Another day in paradise!
Catch you later......
Chookyblue............

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Groceries arrived........

My cruisey morning got a little busy around mid day............
follow the road and you will see the dust...........
the trucks coming..........
the shopping has arrived..............
Bags not carrying the groceries in..........
the poddies and rams decided they were hungry and followed along...........
But I shut the gate on them.............they did get a bale later...........
Here is an update photo of the poddy calves........they are going well........
And here is Lucky.......sucking on my fingers............
Hope your weekend is good.........
Spring is here and it was quite warm today at 25deg C but tomorrow is supposed to be 30degC before another cold change comes in............and then it's going to be a pretty chilly week as our temps drop right back and the winds come off snow down south.........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue...........

Cruisy start to the weekend....

Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Double delight......

One of my chooks is regularly laying double yolkers............
I cracked two eggs for breaky the other morning and just as I cracked them both in I thought to take a photo.........so it's not the best photo but it looked pretty cool having them in the pan..........
Lamby is the fatest most cheeky sheep on the farm...............she has a new party trick as of the last few weeks...........she squeezes out between the double gates out the front.............jumps over the ramp...........hangs out in the outer front yard for a little bit then wanders into the garden.......once shes had a nibble she comes bleating around the doors to let us know she is in the garden and wants to be let out the Chookshed gate to go straight to the silo for some oats.........
a naughty little lamb.........she actually looks a little skinny in the photo above but I wished all our sheep looked like this..........
she's just nibbling on a few of the plants I wished she would leave alone.........
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Monday, 28 August 2017

Does it work......well that depends on you.......

Thankyou for all your lovely comments on "the journey" post........ We all need support and need to keep each other on track.......I still have quiet a few to respond to.........just need a few more hours in the day.......
Quiet a few of you mentioned looking into fitbits.......I love mine....I got it before fitness trackers were all the rage....  
A big question I get asked is 
Does it work? 
Of course they work but you need to work with it.  Mine only comes off to charge briefly....... I do take my new one off to shower.......and there is only one model you can swim in...... 
The cheapest fitbit that you can get on your wrist will do the job just fine....... 
Some of the less flash ones you can get cheap funky bands on ebay...... Just take the tracker out and swap them around into the cheap bands....... 
I have the fitbit app on my phone so I can see what's happening whenever I want....... 
It won't work if you leave it at home or forget to charge it..... You make it work......Wear it 24/7.....and get moving.........
Most people who get the big chunky ones don't keep wearing them.... 
I had a fitbit flex they have a new fitbit flex 2 out now..... But I decided to upgrade to the fitbit alta hr which I can still change the bands on but also see what my heart rate is doing...... But if I was starting out I would probably just get the flex 2........
Totally unrelated photo that I took on Saturday..........
To try and keep me and you readers motivated I'm going to try and post monthly a fitness/health related post............And as I am off track a bit at the moment I had asked Sue @ KiwiKid to keep nagging me............I did a short walk yesterday and again today............only both about 5 mins but I did something.......lets keep each other moving and improving our health......
Goodluck...... 
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Sunday outing....

Saturday was still and stunning...............Sunday was sunny buy OMG a chilly wind blew all day and I pretty much had my coat on all day........
we had to check our cattle as we heard there was a pig dog causing trouble at the nieghbours but no sign of it thankfully..........everything was settled and happy.......
We had to find some cattle down the river............
its rough as guts driving down there...........
but stunning sights to see..........glorious big old trees.........
I was mechanics assistant...........we need to pump up a pile of tyres on field bins and jack them up to get their wheels under them............checking tyres on lots of other farming equipment...........a shitty job I hate...........my tummy muscles were sore from jacking the field bins............not quiet as easy as jacking your car up to change a tyre...............
But look what I found doing this job.............
Meet "Lucky" she was sitting beside one of the field bins........didn't get up and run away when we went over..........she did get up when Mr Chooky hunted her but just stood there and I was trying to take a photo and looking and thinking why had you not run away.........then it was quick we need to catch her as she was very hallow and hungry..........so we popped her in the cage and she traveled around with us in our work and I shared my drink bottle with her..........she was very happy to have a drink of milk last night when we got home well after dark..........Lucky we were doing that job and found her otherwise she would have died.........whether she's a twin or has a careless mother I am not sure......
 
there were babies hiding in the rolly polly.......
this one was brand spankers new........trying to find its feet and get to mum for a drink..........
oh yeah and the river doesn't have any water running in it like most of you would expect to see a river.........there is a slight hole over there against the bank in the shadows.........
Hope your Sunday was a good one.........
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.....